Stephen and Marshall get serious talking about the Hugo short listed short stories in part one of our three part series. Today we cover “Open House on Haunted Hill” by John Wiswell and “Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse” by Rae Carson.
We’re joined by the hosts of one of our favourite shows, Adventures in Ideology, to talk about the first Cyberquest story, The Pharaoh’s Tomb, by Sigmund Brouwer. It’s Christian propaganda with a thin veneer of science fiction. Like a single coat of science applied with a poor brush by an unskilled painter.
Please don’t read this book. Please forgive us for reading it.
Music at the front of this episode is courtesy of Ross Bugden.
We discuss Tain’s Plot to preempt the Dominion War in Deep Space Nine episodes 20 and 21, “Improbable Cause” and “The Die is Cast”. We get into the real life failings of spies and the probability of hiding
Seven of Infinities by Aliette de Bodard
Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
Through the Looking Glass
Ben is abducted from Deep Space Nine and taken to the mirror universe where he bones the counterparts of his two women senior officers. He also saves the nascent Terran rebellion from the Alliance and proves once again how bad ass he is.
O’Brien sees himself die and deals with it. Bashir worries about turning 30 and how eventually one day he’ll die and it almost kills him. We also discuss the wisdom of provoking the Dominion and the shortcomings of Jungian analysis.
Romulans are on the station to discuss the Dominion threat and O’Brien is time traveling to solve problems before they even happen. In the end, O’Brien is replaced with a slightly older version of himself.
Bashir makes an enemy of Lethean who is trying to obtain a controlled substance. The Lethean gets inside his head and tortures him (and the audience) with Jungian archetypes. Bashir survives and experiences some personal growth
Stephen and Marshall review Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 3 Episode 15 “Destiny” and Season 3 Episode 14 “Prophet Motive”. We talk about everyone’s favorite topic… Imaginary religions.
We are joined by Neil Sharpson author of debut novel, When the Sparrow Falls. It’s a clever and engaging science-fiction thriller looking at artificial intelligence, totalitarianism, and transhumanism available from Tor books on June 29.
Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor
Seth from Hugos There, Take Me To Your Reader, Brief & Not So Brief joins us to discuss Palm Springs. We talk about Cartesian Dualism, capitalism, and what is a life worth living.
Other Works Mentioned
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things directed by Ian Samuels, screenplay by Lev Grossman
Being and Time by Martin Heidegger
One-Minute Time Machine directed by Devon Avery, written by Sean Crouch
Also by Daryl Gregory and available in late August, Revelator, pre-order now.
Other Works Mentioned
Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgement by Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, and Cass R. Sunstein
Animal Liberation: The Definitive Classic of the Animal Movement by Peter Singer